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spring has arrived.

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I was hanging around outside the other day and noticed that Spring is popping up all around my yard and thought I would try out my new camera lens that my photographer niece Millie made me buy ;). While I am no photographer, I did enjoy focusing in on certain aspects and seeing how they came out. Some of them make me a little dizzy, but the new growth is what we’re all supposed to be looking at, right? I have seen beautiful signs of spring on my jaunts into town, but I just hadn’t taken a close look to what was going on right around me. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case?

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I vowed to myself that I was not going to be picky about what camera I use to take the pictures I post – that seemed to be a roadblock for me when thinking about posting in my old space – but I am not going to let that be a hinderance here. If I take a good picture with my iPhone (that, omg, got dropped in the toilet the other night but THANK GOODNESS it is back to normal…thanks to a bowl of basmati rice), there is no reason why I shouldn’t use it and feel like that isn’t good enough to blog with. Oh the hang-ups of blogging…probably just excuses anyway….

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Ok, so back to my yard…this patch of Irises came from maybe 5 bulbs that my mom had pulled up and over the couple of years since I planted them, they have multiplied and really taking over an area where they have complete permission to do so. I always look forward to seeing how much they have spread out each year. Nothing like flower hand-me-downs!

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I’m sure you’ll be seeing the blooms from this flowering vine blowing up my Instagram pretty soon….

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And oh man, the lilac tree. I could even stop there…I feel like you already know what I’m talking about. You can seriously smell them coming up the road. Everybody always wants to cut them for their kitchen tables – and I let them. They are so amazing, and some years are better than others. Let’s keep out fingers crossed that this year will be a good one. Does anyone know much about guaranteeing good growth every year? I don’t know if it has to do with maintaining the tree or cutting it back every year or maybe it’s just up to good ol’ Mother Nature. I’d love some insight if you have it.

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And the tulips. Be still my heart. I planted these around my sweet, first pup Roxy Sue’s gravesite right beside my house and this is the first year they are blooming. I saw them and lost my breath I was so happy that they grew in her space.

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And I just had to throw in one of my brother’s dog June Carter who I am keeping while they are out of town. It sure looks like she is enjoying the warm weather. I might get down and join her next time.

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lately…

Lately I’ve been enjoying the major snowfall we’ve gotten in the past week (with more tonight possibly), and loving how it causes a general “slow down” to local society. Snow always takes me back to being a kid too…waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to peek out of my window and immediately running to the tv to see if my school ran across the screen. Then I’d stay in my pjs all day…even throwing snow pants over them…and get the most out of my free day as I could. To this day, I find myself still checking out the window first thing in the morning, and love that sense of excitement I still feel when I see all of the white. So magical.

Lately I’m working on being more intentional with my purchases. We all know that I’ve mentioned a household overhaul, so I really shouldn’t be bringing anything into my home, but if I do it’s because it’s utilitarian or something I know I will cherish as the years pass. Like this sweet-as-heck honey jar. I went down to Pastiche at Main (where I sell some of my goods) to drop some stuff off, and it was like all of the stars had aligned the 10 minutes I was in there. I work out of a half gallon jar of honey, where there is about 2 inches of honey left at the very bottom…nightmare when I just need a little spoonful for my tea. Could this vintage trinket be anymore perfect?!

Lately I’ve been working on lots and lots of foldover clutches and random-sized pouches to use up my first round of fabric from the Fall. I’m heading to the fabric store next week to choose and stock up on material for the second collection of foldovers for Spring. This stack will be heading down to Pastiche at the end of this week, and a few will be available at the farm store. I want to keep one, but I can’t decide which one! It’s definitely between the black/white or blue with crosses. Although, I am thinking about continuing on the black/white pattern for Spring…I don’t think I did many in that print for the first collection and it’s such a nice pattern & weight. So maybe I’ll grab that last blue one…arghh…I just can’t decide!

Lately I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my new couch! It took me a trip to Charlottesville and a couple of trips to Roanoke to find the one, but I knew it the second I sat on it…my hardheaded self just didn’t want to believe it at first. I sat on this couch at the store in Roanoke while I was looking at fabric options for another couch I thought I wanted, but couldn’t stop petting this one saying how much I loved it. I thought it was too big for my space, so I didn’t even think it was an option. Then we went back to the store a second time to look at fabric again and I was drawn to this one, again, like a magnet. So, I listened to my gut and had her delivered a couple days later! She’s perfect in my living room, so comfortable, and just feels right. Love it when that happens.

Lately I’ve been totally obsessed with Julia Rothman’s new book Nature Anatomy. I look through it over and over, the cover is great, the size of the book is great, and it’s full of so much important and useful information carried out in such a perfectly illustrated way. We use it in homeschool as a reference book – we just did a Weather block and used one of the clouds/environment illustrations to copy. I went ahead and ordered Farm Anatomy (that had been sitting in my Wish List cart for ages), and look forward to using that one during our Farming & Gardening block this Spring. My little student loves them too, which makes our lessons all the more exciting! Thumbs up!!<

So that’s the first installment of what’s being going on lately at mi casa…I’d say 2015 is off to a good start….